9 BIG Methods to Pump Up Your Blog Comments
November 20, 2007 - Written by Gyutae Park
I keep coming back to the idea that image is everything in the online world and I’m going to revisit this concept again in today’s post – how to pump up your blog comments. If you have a relatively new blog, your main objective is to attract new readers and gain a steady stream of subscribers and visitors. First and foremost, you’re going to have to portray the right image. A lot of people scoff at new blogs and don’t give them a fighting chance, simply because they are new and unproven. How do you combat this? One way is to pump up your blog comments. New visitors on your site will see the large blog comment counts and be encouraged to join in on the discussion themselves. It really works so make sure you try all of the methods below. Blog comments, we are going to PUMP you up. Are you ready?
- Controversial or unique blog posts
Don’t overdo it but writing posts that are controversial and stir up debate is a great way to encourage visitors to comment and voice their opinions on your blog. Don’t be afraid to go against the grain if you can back it up with some solid facts, evidence, and logic.
- Ask questions in your posts
This seems like a simple idea but it works wonders. Asking questions gets readers to think and in most cases they will reply with some answers. How have you used questions in your blog posts to spur on discussion?
- Comment on other blogs
It’s a give and take world, people. You give a little and you take a little. Find related blogs in your industry, read some of their posts, and write insightful and meaningful comments that add value. “Me too” comments are useless and do absolutely nothing so try to stay away from those. Commenting on other blogs is a great networking method and people will return the favor on your own blog.
- Link to your blog post on other blogs and forums and ask for feedback
Comment on other blogs or post on forums with your link and explain why your post is important or beneficial. Then ask what they think about the post. In many cases, people will click through to your blog and give you honest feedback through comments.
- Top commentators plugin
The top commentators plugin for WordPress displays the top commentators on your blog and links back to their sites. This provides link value for commenting so many people are willing to comment on blogs for this benefit alone.
- Comment exchanges
Engage in comment exchanges with other people in your industry who may be interested. By working out such an arrangement, both parties benefit. The comments still need to be of high quality however.
- Comment contests
People love contests and winning free stuff so make sure you use this to your advantage. Offer some great prizes and make commenting a big part of winning a contest. People may participate just because they want to win, but that doesn’t mean they won’t come back for more once it’s over.
- Fake comments
I wouldn’t really recommend this tactic because it is deceiving and you may eventually be found out. If you’re desperate however, fake comments are a great way to portray that your blog is active and alive.
- Calls to action
Sometimes if you want something, all you have to do is ask or guide your readers to a specific action. Ask people to comment on your blog, tell them, or command them – whatever style your prefer. I’d like to think that people are generally good and will help you out if you are interesting and helpful.
So there you have it. 9 techniques to PUMP up your blog comments and jump start your blog. Which of these techniques do you use most? Let me know what you think by commenting on this post!If you like this post, subscribe to the RSS feed. Get the latest updates delivered straight to your email or news reader.